10th December, 2010
Six prison inmates detained in various prisons in Lagos have regained freedom,Â following the intervention of Chief Gabriel Giwa-Amu.
The inmates were freed after counsels from Stephen and Solomon foundation, a freeÂ legal services arm of the Giwa Amu chambers in conjuction with knights of StÂ Mulumba, Lekki sub council filed applications for their release.
Some of the inmates who were detained in prisons because they could not pay theÂ fines imposed on them or meet their bail conditions benefited from the gesture ofÂ the popular Lagos-based estate consultant.
Those released include Hadejat Oseni Abdullahi Abdulsalami, Adesina, Christian Agim,Â Mukaila Kateji and Mary Sunday. They were released from Maximum Security Prisons,Â KirikiriÂ and Ikoyi Prisons.
The offences of the detainees ranged from breach of peace and assault to fighting.
Three of the detainees in Kirikiri prisons were released on the order of the seniorÂ magistrate in Agbowa Ikosi. They have been in prisons for the past five monthsÂ without trial. They were arrested for allegedly stealing a Nokia phone.
A Somolu Magistrate’s Court also ordered the release of Agim and Kufehi charged withÂ the breach of peace and assault.
Commenting on the release of the detainees, Chief Giwa Amu called on the governmentÂ to re-orientate its officials to stop detaining more in prison.
â€œMinor offences like breach of peace and assault should not result in offendersÂ being detained for long in prison. This contributes to the congestion in prison,â€ heÂ stated.